Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and far too many other Black people, folks in every state are rising up to say #BlackLivesMatter. Many protesters have been taking to the streets for years; some are newer to civic action. In 2020, there are many threats to protesters: environmental hazards like heat stroke, police-inflicted injuries, the risk of arrest and, of course, the coronavirus. Although I am not an expert on protester safety, I pulled together this information from the Do No Harm Coalition, Paper Revolution and the University of California at San Francisco medical community. I hope these points will help protesters fight for a better world as safely as possible.

Teaching in the pandemic is tough. But after a whole year, there are important takeaways.

I run high-school art classes online and in person

I used to feel ashamed crying in public. Now I embrace it every time.

In 2020, I started keeping my ‘crying diaries’

I used to laugh off anti-Asian jokes. Now, I will stick up for myself every time.

It’s been too easy to downplay racism in the past